It is important to work with your doctor or continence specialist to diagnose types of incontinence to plan for effective treatment. Treatment can be as simple as a lifestyle change, bladder or bowel training, continence products and for some people can require medical treatment or intervention. Your Doctor or Continence Therapist/Nurse will refer you on for specialist treatment when required.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices that will help improve bladder and bowel control
Simple yet effective lifestyle changes may include:
Reducing your intake of coffee, tea or alcohol and increasing water intake.
Drinking around 5 to 6 cups of water a day
Exercising and eating the right foods, being overweight can increase pressure on the bladder and bowel.
Having a healthy fibre intake by eating fruit and vegetables daily will help keep bowels regular.
Doing pelvic floor exercises, a pelvic floor physio can assist you with this.
Toileting before exercise
Scheduling bathroom trips
Planning in advance to know where the nearest toilets will be during activities – download the Public Toilet Map for the location of all Australian public toilets https://toiletmap.gov.au
Using best incontinence aids and products are available for your needs can help manage the symptoms of incontinence, making incontinence less life altering.
If you are experiencing ongoing problems, see your doctor.
Symptoms are unlikely to go away on your own and will probably get worse.